The Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) has been facilitating dialogue to broker peace between crop farmers and pastoralist in Southern Kaduna especially in the Godogodo Chiefdom which has experienced years of hostility between the host community (predominantly farmers) and the settlers who are majorly pastoralist. Today 09-02-2019 marks a historical moment in the history of Kaduna State as the once troubled community of Godogodo which has witnessed in the time past a consistent violent clash between crop farmers and pastoralist (Livestock farmers) signed a peace pact to live together in peace and harmony as a people. The day signals the beginning of a lasting solution to the problem in that region of the State which has caused unwanted losses of human lives and properties to both herders and farmers.
The Executive Governor of the state who was ably represented at the occasion by the Chief Executive Officer of the Kaduna State Peace Commission Mrs. Priscilla Ankut gave a key note address at the event in which she appealed to all the warring communities to cease hostility. She called on all parties (the indigenes and the Fulanis) to respect the signed pact for a lasting peace and cessation of hostility in the area.
Others who spoke at the event include the Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State Chapter, Rev Dr. Sunday Ibrahim, Secretary of the Jama’atu Nasir Islam (JNI) Alh. Ibrahim Kufena, Senator Danjuma La’ah who was represented among other.
The event which was heavily attended by traditional rulers, security agencies, religious leaders, women groups and top government functionaries, featured a display of both the Godogodo and the Fulani cultural groups.
A key highlight of the events was the signing of the Peace Protocol which signifies a great milestone achieved in the quest for peaceful coexistence.